Galveston’s oldest MG Krewe, the Knights of Momus, kicked off the first weekend of Mardi Gras President’s Affair at the Galveston Artillery Club and finished with the celebrated Coronation Ball on Feb. 22.
Highlighting the weekend was the presentation of 22 duchesses at The Grand 1894 Opera House.
The duchesses charmed the audience of 650 guests with their Texas Bows and stunning gowns in a variety of dramatic colors as Momus saluted pop culture.
The crowning of King Frivolous XCIX, Larry Gillaspia, a partner in the firm of Jones, Gillaspia & Loyd L.L.P., and Momus Queen, Kimmy Matthews, a senior at TAMUG, marked the special occasion.
Applauding was the entire Moody and McLeod clan as they showed support for their families’ newest royalty, Kimmy and Duchess Ellie Moody.
The king’s retinue, Raymond Brouillard, Troy Gillaspia, Richard Helmey, Scott Kusnerik, Johnny Listowski, Larry Marble and V.J. Tramonte, contributed to the revelry on stage.
Following the presentation, Beverly and Jim Dowling chaired a grand gala at the Hotel Galvez where guests danced the night away to a variety of tracks from Klockwork Band, Orion the Band and saxophonist Lloyd Hughes.
Partygoers enjoyed the pop icon-themed rooms of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, complete with impersonators, as they relived the 50s and 60s in glorious fashion.
President of Momus, Steve and Kim Conner found bopping on the dance floor with this year’s MC KTRK news anchor, Tom Koch and Brenda. Others were Jody Larriviere and Susan Lannan, Anouk Davis, Monica and David O’Donohoe, president-elect Anthony and Lisette Brown.
After dessert, festively-clad guests were found cuttin’ the rug with Andy Warhol’s cousin, pianist Larry Worhol. Seen dancing were Joan and Doug McLeod, Paige Fertitta and daughter, Blayne, Dancie and Jim Ware, Weez and Mike Doherty, Cindy and Jim Earthman, the entire Sullivan crew, Sally and Charles Scruggs, Bill and Libbie Ansell and past president, Lawrence Estes and his wife, Terry.
The KOM spectacular of all Galveston Mardi Gras parades was led by Grant Marshall Vic Fertitta, more to come on that.
Haven’t been to a Treasure Ball in wayyy too long, and The Doc and I had a wonderful time this year, thanx to Vandy and Sue Anderson, but I was reminded of the many years past of Treasure Balls.
Soooo, here’s a trip down memory lane a’la Treasure Ball, starting circa 1957 at Ursuline, Kirwin and Dominican as a fundraiser, which quickly morphed into a wonderful magical party.
Over the years, countless Catholics in Galveston County supported in cash, T&T (talent & time) sewing machines, glitter, ribbons and sequins to make each Treasure Ball ever enchanting from year to year.
The voice of Bob Ford mesmerized us as he introduced generations of Royal tots and teens to the SRO crowd.
The Diva remembers treasure ball’s at the Marine Room at the Pleasure Pier and in her mind, it is still there, even though it appeared in the Moody Civic Center for many years and now in the Moody Gardens Convention Center.
Some of those folks have left us, Divaclassmate at Ursuline, Mary Grace Vaiani, Wonderful Mary Sullivan of KGBC fame and Jane Suderman whose gowns graced many a silken shoulder. Candi Lepo, Jo Daily and Mike and Jeannie Janota kept up that tradition for many seasons.
There are many to congratulate, may forget some, forgive me or call me and set me straight … they are former Prez Joan McLaren Gondesen, Carol Sullivan Martorell, Kim Doreck, Pam Godinich, Linda Barger, Charlynn Vaiani, Peggy Listowski, Sophie Smith, VJ Tramonte, Raymond Brouillard and Karen Flowers.
Would be remiss if I didn’t tip the nod to years of joy provided by Isabel Mc Kenna School of Dance. Thanks for the memories.
Happy Lent b’days to twins Mike and Tim Cromie, Fredell Pollack Rosen, Carolyn Teichman Urbani, Jennifer Dominguez, Robin Lusby Schaefer, Harvey Bazaman, Gordon Robinson and Peggy Cornelius.
Frances Powell is a columnist for The Daily News. Send deets ’n’ pix of your parteez ’n’ proceedings to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 409-744-6540.